Gail B. Randall receives this reply about Barth & Son,
Ritz Carlton silverplate
( see September Newsletter)
Karin Sixl-Daniell writes:
Here is some information on L.Barth&Son: They seem
to have retailed (wholesale only?) all kinds of cookware,
including items made of copper, silverplated items and
apparently also china.
The company is mentioned in
http://www.oldcopper.org/Marks%20B.htm for copper and,
inter alia, in http://www.kovels.com/priceguide/kovels_matchholder/2005/shenango_china/2104057.html
and www.tias.com/102/PictPage/1922768251.html for china.
Some items are available on ebay. For china, they also
seem to have supplied the railroads as I found two
mentionings for this area (one on ebay and one on
http://www.havilandonline.com/railroad.htm). It would
thus not be surprising to see them having sold items to
the Ritz Carlton. Other examples for silver plated items
can be found at http://www.rubylane.com/shops/knicknacnook/item/1843
I just found some more information on the background of
the company and it is indeed a wholesaler and not a
maker, hence it was not mentioned in Rainwater: If you
go to http://www.restaurantwarecollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?t=821,
have a look at where it says “L. Barth & Son was a
distributor. Barbara's Volume 2, page 610 lists L. Barth
Co. of New York City, New York and says...
‘Leopold Barth founded this firm in 1868. Distributed
GDA, Greenwood , Grindley, Maddock ( U.S. ), D.E.
McNicol, Rosenthal. Scammell, Shenango, Syracuse &
Warwick china. Supplied at least nine patterns to the
railroads. Merged with Albert Pick in 1926 and operated
as Albert Pick-L.Barth Co. until 1931 when L. Barth was
eliminated from the name.’”
I then checked Rainwater: Albert Pick & Co. ( Bridgeport
, Connecticut ) is mentioned in Rainwater on page 184 as
a manufacturer of silverplated flatware and holloware.
On replacements.com, some china can be found at
flatware under “Pick-Barth” at
In April, someone sold a catalogue of the company on
There it says:
“This 95-year-old volume is the 1911 catalogue for L.
Barth & Son, which offered hotel, restaurant and saloon
supplies. Under the motto "Everything at One Place ,"
the company offered china, glass, silverware, cutlery,
woodenware, furniture, linens, ranges, utensils,
sundries and other items. It said it could provide
complete equipment for hotels, clubs, cafes, railroad
dining cars, steamships, hotels and saloons. This big
well-illustrated catalogue backs up the claim. There
seems to be nothing that the company couldn't provide.
The company called itself "the great mail order hotel,
restaurant and saloon supply store." It boasted a "great
factory at 644-646-648-650 W. 44th St. in New York City
," along with general offices and salesrooms at
30-32-34-36 Cooper Square in New York City . (That
address now is claimed by the Village Voice newspaper.)
L. Barth & Son was a distributor of various wares and is
remembered today for its china. Barbara Conroy, in
"Restaurant China Volume 2," page 610, lists L. Barth
Co. of New York , N.Y. , and says: "Leopold Barth
founded this firm in 1868. Distributed GDA, Greenwood ,
Grindley, Maddock ( U.S. ), D.E. McNicol, Rosenthal,
Scammell, Shenango, Syracuse and Warwick china. Supplied
at least nine patterns to the railroads. Merged with
Albert Pick in 1926 and operated as Albert Pick-L.Barth
Co. until 1931 when L. Barth was eliminated from the
name." In addition, much of the china supplied to the
railroads was ordered via a small number of wholesaler
companies. Two of the largest were L. Barth & Son of New
York and Burley & Co. of Chicago , and their backmarks
are often found along with the railroad’s name on the
Barth's catalogue showed the scope of its wares. The
tableware department section included semi-vitreous
ware, Greenwood china, Syracuse China , English
vitrified china and G.D.A. French china manufactured by
Porcelaines G.D.A. in Limoges , France .
Other china items were toilet sets; fireproof baking
dishes; tea, coffee and chocolate pots; water coolers
and ice tubs; vinegar jugs; mixing bowls, and butter
Tableware included nickel-silver, silver plated, triple
plus plate, as well as sugar bowls, soup tureens, coffee
pots, creamers, salad casters, meat dish covers,
casseroles with holders, corn servers, steak holders,
chafing dishes, coffee percolators, trays and vegetable
There was plain and fancy pressed table tumblers,
lead-blown tumblers, pressed and blown water goblets,
water bottles, oyster cocktail serving pieces, ice cream
dishes, celery trays, vinegar bottles, sale and pepper
shakers, stemware, bar bottles, plain-cut and etched
decanters and bitter bottles, beer mugs and steins,
flasks and demijohns, Tom and Jerry sets, and more.
There were various corks, picnic beer pumps, beer
faucets, wooden mallets, cork pullers, lemon and lime
squeezers, bar spoons, lemon knives, muddlers, wine
coolers and stands, water filters, papier mache trays,
glass and bottle brushes, hot water urns, match holders
and sausage cookers.
Kitchen equipment includes Barth ranges, French ranges,
hotel and restaurant broilers, hammered copper kitchen
utensils, seamless aluminum cooking utensils, seamless
re-tinned steel hotel kitchen ware, enameled nickel
steel ware, heavy steel and iron cooking utensils, fry
baskets, cruller pots and drainers, ice cream molds,
copper molds, pastry and vegetable cutters, graters,
fruit and vegetable slicers and choppers, Sterling
vegetable peelers, butter paddles and butter spades, egg
slicers, milk shakers, meat and fruit presses, meat
choppers, coffee mills, knife grinders, mustard spoons,
tooth picks, bread boards, cutting boards, butcher
blocks, meat saws, cook's knives and spring scales.
There also are baskets, fly traps, water coolers, ice
cube cutters, hand-operated and power ice cream
freezers, ice cream and milk cabinets or refrigerators,
floor mats, brushes and brooms, toilet paper, polishes,
cuspidors and spittoons, bathroom fixtures, palms and
plants, hanging baskets, artificial vines and garlands,
brass hotel key and baggage checks, metal trade tokens,
badges, waiters' and bartenders' coats and vests, lace
and lawn curtains, tablecloths and towels.
The furniture department offered hotel bedding; brass
beds; iron beds; enameled iron beds; bed springs;
bentwood chairs and tables; "Neverwear'' metal
furniture; child's furniture; bedroom chairs; cane and
wood seat dining and bedroom chairs; rockers for parlor
or bedroom; Adirondack lawn furniture; rustic hickory
furniture; settees for lobby, lawn or billiard room; oak
hotel dressers of quartered oak; chiffoniers;
washstands; dressing tables; desks; sideboards; buffets;
kitchen cabinets and cupboards; wardrobes; bedroom
tables; dining room tables; desk tables; writing tables;
library tables, and lots more.”
I think this should be plenty of information
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